ALACHUA ‒ It was a hot yet productive week and weekend for the City of Alachua’s Recreation & Culture Department. After a week of practices on the outside fields, 399 Recreation & Sports Youth Volleyball and High Springs Youth Volleyball hosted games at Legacy Multipurpose Building and the Hal Brady Gym.

On Friday the A.L. Mebane Alumni hosted a fish fry for local seniors at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex. Locals provided amazing grub and the City’s Human Resource Department contributed an assortment of desserts. The event was popular with the hundreds of local residents who attended and shared memorable conversations with each other.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Raiders of Santa Fe Babe Ruth Softball hosted a 50 team mid-season classic fundraiser for the Jeremy Payne Foundation. Payne Strong works directly with “Head for Cure,” a non-profit that provides support to families dealing with brain cancer. Jeremy Payne was an outstanding individual who coached and impacted many girls in the Raiders organization.

Teams from Alachua/High Springs, Newberry, Wrigley, Melrose, Keystone, Bradford, Dixie and Bronson all participated from ages 4 to 17. Producing a top-notch tournament is no easy task, and the success of this tournament was due to Gene Findley Jr., Chuck McCray and the Raider volunteer staff for producing.

Coming up this weekend the Parks & R.E.C. Department and A.C.T.F.O.R. will host youth soccer games at the High Springs Sports Complex and Civic Center Park. Teams from across the county will participate. Everyone is invited to come out and support area youth.

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